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Nintendo Dropping EU Retail Orders For The Wii U Should Be Cause For Concern

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Wii U Production Stop
Word came out earlier today that retailers in the European Union have until the end of this month – just 7 days from now – to get their final orders in for Wii U hardware. None of this has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves but at least one twitter user corroborated the original GameSeek report that broke the story. With six months to go before Nintendo’s next generation console – code named NX – launches and no official reveal in sight this whole situation should be a little concerning. It is not uncommon for console manufacturers to ramp down production after the


Exclusive: 15 Minutes of Footage From The English Localization of World of Final Fantasy

Posted on September 11, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

At the 2016 Penny Arcade Expo Square Enix allowed select press to not only meet the director of World of Final Fantasy – Hiroki Chiba – but also get some hands on time with the upcoming RPG. Without further delay I’m happy to present 15 minutes of exclusive gameplay footage from the North American localization of the game which is currently under development. The protagonists of World of Final Fantasy are siblings Lann and Reynn who are trying to make their way through the world of Grymoire. Raising the stakes of their adventure even further –  the siblings have lost their memories and don’t remember their


PAX: Fast Racing NEO Made Me Realize How Much I Missed Futuristic Racers

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Contemporary racers might have sleek and powerful machines but they’re still confined by the restraints of modern automobile technology. With no proper F-Zero release in sight and the WipeOut franchise all but extinct there hasn’t really been an option for those of us who want to turn corners at several hundred kilometers an hour. If you want to break the sound barrier you’re going to have to go FAST! Fast Racing NEO is a futuristic racing title for the Wii-U that has drawn a lot of comparisons to Nintendo’s own F-Zero franchise over the last couple years and was well


The Elder Scrolls Legends Open Beta Impressions

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Broken Joysticks

Impressions By: John Edward Bridgman Follow Him On Twitter @JEBWrench The Following Impressions Were Based Upon The Open Beta of The Elder Scrolls Legends. You can sign up for the Open Beta on their official website if you’ve enjoyed these impressions. Ideally, I would prefer to discuss The Elder Scrolls Legends without having to compare directly to other, more frequently played digital card games. However, it would be much more useful to get the most obvious comparison out of the way. So, with that it mind – The Elder Scrolls Legends is extremely reminiscent of Hearthstone. This is by no means a negative or unfair


Sometimes it pays off to follow game publishers on social media

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

If you’re really into the gaming scene and eat up every tidbit of news out there then you probably follow a slew of gaming websites. From the Gamespots to the IGNs, and Kotaku to Broken Joysticks, following gaming news website is a good way to find out anything and everything from the world of video games. But it can also be good to follow publishers. Not only will you get some juicy news right from the source, which is where a lot of gaming media get their news (spoiler alert) you can also be treated to some sweet online goodies.


Canadian PlayStation Plus Price Increase Is Anti-Consumer

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

North American gamers are facing the first price increase for PlayStation Plus in the services history the company stealthfully announced today. In a notice emailed to members whose memberships are about to lapse, including one on our staff, Sony outlined that the price of the service will be increasing on September 22nd in the North American region. On the PlayStation Blog an updated post read: “Starting on September 22, 2016, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships will change to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD for twelve months and $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD for three months. The monthly plan will change to $11.99 CAD in Canada,


What Is The Pokémon Anime Like In Japanese?

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Les Major

Pokemon Japanese Version Anime
Pointed out by Kotaku earlier today, the video below shows a stark contrast between the Japanese and dubbed versions of the Pokémon anime. The biggest difference is the intensity of the battle scene shown. The English dub seems to carry a sense of mystery and adventure throughout the battle while the Japanese original is a very hard core rock rendition. Honestly I don’t know which I prefer. I’m leaning more toward the Japanese version but I also grew up on anime like VS Knights: Lamune and 40 Fire. What do you think? Obviously both versions have a very different feel.


Response: I4U Embraces Sexism Blaming PR Issues on Marketing Manager’s Maternity Leave

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Renee Gittins

This morning I came across an article on I4U’s site titled “The Sweet Reason of Niantic’s Lack of Communication About Pokemon GO Troubles”. Intrigued, I opened the article and read it. If I had been drinking coffee, I would have spit it out all over my desk. I4U’s Luigi Lugmayr placed Niantic’s Product Marketing Manager, Yennie Solheim Fuller, at the center of the blame for Niantic’s poor communication with their fanbase. Why is Niantic basically silent throughout the turmoil of viral growth that cause all kinds of issues? The person who is responsible for PR and Marketing at Niantic gave birth two


Everything New In The Xbox One ‘Anniversary Update’

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The latest update to the Xbox One dashboard software has now rolled out for everyone and like its Windows 10 counterpart the ‘anniversary update’ brings a lot of changes to the software running under the hood of your Xbox console. We’ve documented all of the major changes so that you can get an informed taste of all of the improvements Microsoft has to offer. Background Music One of the coolest dashboard features from the Xbox 360s’ old “blade UI” was the built in ability to replace any in-game music with ripped CDs or tracks from an attached iPod. The Xbox


Xbox One Games With Gold For August Really Missed The Mark

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

I can’t help but get excited towards the end of the month because we get to find out what free treats both Microsoft and Sony have for subscribers. Next month’s line-up of free software for the Xbox One & Xbox 360 is not only underwhelming but also proves the thousands of players who cry out for “AAA titles” that they should be careful what they wish for. Just because a title is from a AAA developer or costs more than another indie title doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to cater to every Xbox Live subscriber. Case in point – the inclusion


Is Mountain A Form Of Modernism Or Just Another Screensaver?

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Kyle Scarboro

Is Mountain a form of modernism or a screensaver? On one hand, Mountain offers a serene landscape and a breathtaking view of a mountain. On the other hand, it ages and becomes its own identity. Mountain lets you look at all sides and the more you look, the more it grows. What sets this mountain apart from other games? A game that offers no control of the outcome, but draws you in.   Mountain was created by David O’Reilly and is a relaxing simulator where its art is defined as not just art, but art horror. Why is it considered


Resources For New Pokemon Go Players In Canada

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Great news for the thousands of Pokemon trainers here in Canada who have side-loaded Pokemon Go on to their device in order to catch’em all – you no longer have to fear the ban hammer as Pokemon Go has been officially launched in Canada. It is no wonder that some estimates pegged Canada as having a 6% side-load rate. Niantic Labs & Nintendo made the announcement this morning on the official Pokemon Go twitter account, here is the tweet that kicked things off: #PokemonGO is now available on Android and iOS devices in Canada. — Pokémon GO News (@PokemonGoNews) July 17, 2016 Within


A Chat With Ty Taylor About Tumblestone & Working With Microsoft

Posted on July 16, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Ty Taylor‘s unique take on the match 3 puzzle formula, Tumblestone, is now available for free to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One and we got a chance to ask him a few questions. In our brief discussion we talked about what it was like to work with Microsoft on Games With Gold, the local Seattle indie games scene and what Ty’s plans are for the game post launch.   Broken Joysticks: How does it feel to have Tumblestone finally complete and about to be in the hands of potentially millions of players? Ty Taylor: It’s certainly nearing complete! We’re still


The Complete Guide to Pokémon GO [Updated]

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Renee Gittins

Pokémon GO has spread like wildfire across the United States and other countries lucky enough to have access to it right now. However, the guides are far and few between. We’ve collected the best and most important tips and tricks to guide you right here! PokéStops PokéStops grant you items, including Eggs, Potions, Revives, Poké Balls and Razz Berries To get the items you have to click on a PokéStop (marked by a blue circle icon on the map) and spin You don’t have to click on the items that pop up to collect them, simply closing out of the PokéStops will collect them


Breaking All The Rules With Lawbreakers [E3 Hands-On]

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The man behind Microsoft’s chainsaw wielding Gears of War franchise, Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games back in 2012 but he hasn’t been sitting idle in the subsequent four years. He’s formed a new studio, BossKey, and they brought an alpha version of their upcoming arena shooter Lawbreakers with them to Los Angeles last week. After playing several rounds of this in your face shooter at E3 with the development team and quite a few hours with the Friends & Family alpha at home, I’m here to tell you how CliffyB is about to come back in a big way! Lawbreakers is a role-based


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